Larnaka City Centre: 24 Things in 24 Hours

Larnaka city centre is the ideal starting point to discover the region’s history and culture thanks to the large number of attractions found in a small, compact vicinity. Even if you only have 24 hours in the city, you will find more than enough to see and do in just one day… including these 24 suggestions.

Start your explorations at the beginning of the Foinikoudes strip and you will immediately encounter Larnaka Marina with its bobbing boats (1); the Seagulls in Flight fountain at Europe Square (2); the Municipal Art Gallery (3); the Larnaka Historic Archives Museum (4); the Zeno of Kition statue (5), and the Armenian Genocide Memorial (6). The two monuments are part of the Larnaka Storytelling Statues project whereby you simply scan a barcode to receive a call-back on your mobile device and hear the monument’s story narrated.

Continuing along the beachside, a third chatty statue appears – the bust of General Kimon (7). At the other end of the promenade the Medieval Castle with its museum (8) stands proudly overlooking its pier of love locks (9) and a cobbled square where the Winged Lion of Venice (10) sits – another talking statue! Opposite lies the Kebir (Buyuk) Tzami Mosque (11).

Past the fort you will enjoy a stroll along the Piale Pasha sea walkway (12) with unlimited sea views, leading to the Larnaka Art Workshops Neighbourhood (13) for a self-guided tour to watch the artists at work.

Heading back round to the promenade the points of interest continue in the parallel town centre. Passing through the backstreets of Laiki Geitonia with its hidden cafes (14) and past the the old warehouse buildings of Pavlou Valsaki and Kleanthi Kalogera Streets (15) the grand Saint Lazarus Church (16) rises up. Set in its own charming square, you will find the eclectic Salt & Pepper Museum (17) on one side and further warehouses turned into artistic venues (18) on the other.

Within the town centre there are further cultural attractions; the Kyriazis Medical Museum (19), Pierides Museum – Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation with archaeological finds (20) and the new ‘living museum’, the Multispace of Creativity and Culture (21) where artisans demonstrate their folkloric crafts onsite in the former historic Mattei House.

The winding streets of the commercial centre reveal more gems. The shops and cafes of the cobbled Ermou Square sit amidst the fountains (22) and just one street away the talking statue of artist Michael Kashalos (23) heralds the elegant Q City Centre alleyway (24).

But the city centre’s appeal does not end here… within a few months the new Municipal Market will be completed – combining elements of both a traditional and modern market, whilst the site of the Zuhuri Mosque is being utilised to create an artists’ retreat around the mosque and the other beautiful old buildings found there.

Don’t worry if you can’t fit everything in within 24 hours… it’s the perfect excuse to come back again to the heart of Larnaka to continue your journey of discovery!

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